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Niche Operators Come to the Fore
With the Chinese mainland now home to an ever-increasing number of gyms and fitness centres, competition is heating up to attract new consumers, leading to an increasingly segmented sector.
25 Oct 2017
China’s Fitness Market Gets Physical
Some 10,000 large-scale gyms were operating across the Chinese mainland as of the end of 2016, together with more than 10,000 small-scale fitness studios.
18 Oct 2017
China’s Purveyors of Pet Supplies
Between 2008 and 2012, the number of pets in the Chinese mainland soared from 30 million to 130 million, according to a study by Beijing-based online research consultancy Sootoo Research.
16 Oct 2017
Cosmetics and Cappuccino
Taipei has joined the growing ranks of cities targetted for brand extension by international fashion companies.
4 Oct 2017
Mainland Notebook Sales Soar
China's love of notebooks – daily journals with a surprisingly wide range of add-on features – is a fairly recent import from Japan, where such items have long commanded an ardent fan base.
3 Oct 2017
Flourishing Online Cross-Border Trade
Buoyed by continuing incentives offered by the Central Government to expand the cross-border e-commerce business, many exhibitors at the July Guangzhou International Cross-Border E-Commerce and Goods Expo were optimistic about the future of the sector.
25 Sept 2017
Racing Ahead in the Car-share Service Market
The popular car-sharing service Zipcar made its Asian debut last June when the company, a subsidiary of the US-headquartered Avis Budget Group, opened for business in Taipei.
13 Sept 2017
Catering to China’s Lucrative Children’s Market
At the July Children Baby Maternity Expo in Shanghai, the focus was very much on product safety.
11 Sept 2017
China’s Dental-care Sector Wide Open
The oral healthcare sector in China is among the key beneficiaries of the State Council's commitment to nurturing the growth of specialist medical-care providers.
30 Aug 2017
Taking the Pulse of China’s Domestic Market
According to the World Bank, China has 138 million citizens aged 65 and over, representing about 10 per cent of its population, a figure tipped to rise to 220 million by 2020.
24 Aug 2017
Beefing up Food Safety
New food-safety regulations came into effect in Taiwan last June.
15 Aug 2017
Selling Wine Online
A surge in demand for wine has been among the many consequences of the continuing expansion of the middle class across the Chinese mainland.
10 Aug 2017
Beyond Bread
Smart food processors and "fast fashion" food-service equipment are the new bright spots in the Chinese mainland's bakery industry.
7 Aug 2017
Time for Tea
According to figures released by the Guangdong Tea Profession Association in March, the 2017 spring tea harvest was slightly down compared with the same period last year, resulting in an overall rise in the average price of spring tea.
25 July 2017
Star Power
With Asia as the manufacturing hub for much of the world's consumer electronics – as well as emerging as an increasingly tech-savvy early adopter market – it is perhaps not surprising that Shanghai's CES Asia, held in June, consistently draws huge crowds.
24 July 2017
Hong Kong’s Cross-strait Link
With the Chinese mainland’s Belt and Road Initiative and Taiwan's New South-bound Policy representing a renewed focus on the emerging Southeast Asian countries and the surging Indian economy, there are clear opportunities for Hong Kong to play a key role in both programmes.
13 July 2017
Mastering the Mainland Market
In the early 1990s, many Hong Kong companies set up factories on the Chinese mainland, primarily producing for foreign brands, including Fu Hong kidsme Ltd.
5 July 2017
Retail Inside the Box
Pop-up shopping and hospitality malls, constructed entirely from shipping containers – and, hence, both eco-friendly and low in construction costs – represent the latest craze sweeping Taiwan and transforming unused land into thriving commercial centres.
28 June 2017
Mainstreaming Mobile Transactions in Taiwan
A recent survey by the Institute for Information Industry (III), a non-governmental organisation reporting to Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs, found that mobile payments are still far from common across the island and are solely used for low-value transactions.
22 June 2017
IoT-enabled Vending Machines Set to Woo China Consumers
Rice-vending machines are the latest option for busy mainland Chinese diners keen to explore greater convenience without compromising on nutrition.
14 June 2017
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